Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Cambridge
Baby Signing Classes in Cambridge (Mill Road), Northstowe, Stapleford, Little Thetford (near Ely) and Histon / Impington
Hi, I’m Katharine – I run Sing and Sign baby signing classes for the Cambridge area along with my fantastic teachers Sarah and Terri. We offer classes in Cambridge (Mill Road), Stapleford, Northstowe, and Histon / Impington. Unfortunately I am unable to run classes in Little Thetford this term but hope to be back there next year!
Classes are easily accessible for Cambridge and many of the surrounding towns and villages (Milton, Cottenham, Willingham, Longstanton, Northstowe, Bar Hill, Over, Swavesey, Girton, Oakington, Great Shelford, Trumpington, Sawston, Newnham, Grantchester, Ely, Cambourne and more!) bringing the fantastic benefits of baby signing to many families.
Find Out About Sing and Sign Classes, and lots more... Read on for an overview of what's on offer in the Cambridge area including:
~ Classes & how to book & term dates
~ Trial Sessions / Free Tasters
~ The Sing & Sign Nursery Affiliation Program
~ Comments From Parents
~ My Own Baby Signing Experiences
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Classes & How To Book
You can see venue locations, dates and times, availability, and book for Free Tasters and Courses here. If there are no Free Tasters coming up soon, please contact us to ask about a class trial if you'd like to attend one session before paying for that session and the remainder of the term. If you find that you decide not to join classes, you won't pay for the trial.
Directions to our venues and important travel info can be found here
Spring 2020 Term Dates: Classes will begin w/c January 13th and finish w/c March 23rd. There will be a half term break for all classes w/c 17th February. This is a 10 week term costing £70 (plus a one-off £15 Gold level online membership fee valid for 12 months (if applicable)).
Summer 2020 Term Dates: Classes will begin on Friday April 24th and finish the w/c July 6th. There will be no class in Histon on Friday May 8th due to the bank holiday and there will be a half term break for all classes w/c 25th May.
This is a 10 week term costing £70 (plus a one-off £15 Gold level online membership fee valid for 12 months (if applicable)).
Online Membership - to the Jessie Cat Club is required for all new joiners. This is a one-off membership fee of £15 giving 12 months access to online learning materials and games.
Twins are charged just once.
There is a nominal charge for siblings over 6 months of £25 for the term (babies under 6 months attending as a sibling are free of charge).
Stage One classes are suitable for babies from around 6 months up to approx. 14 months and you can start at any time between these ages. Younger babies are also welcome if you are keen to start! Babies start to sign back anywhere from around 6 months and continue to use the signs as toddlers to support clear speech development.
Toddling onto Stage Two is great fun and is suitable for little ones from around 14 months old up to two years old (can vary depending on the toddler). The class is more physically active for them and we learn signs for colours, foods, the alphabet, the weather, counting and even beginning phonetic awareness and much more. You don't need to have done Stage 1-we still include the basic advice on how to sign with your baby and have some lovely songs to enjoy.
Both levels are enjoyed through our magic ingredients: music and fun! We know babies don't like to stay still, so we don't expect them to! They are welcome to roam around the room if they want to - they will still be learning (you'd be surprised how much they can pick up whilst wandering!) When Jessie Cat, instruments or the prop bag appear they soon come back!
Not all baby signing classes are the same! Please contact us to arrange your "try before you buy" trial session. If you decide not to join classes, you don't pay anything. If you enjoy the session and decide to join, you would pay pro rata for that session and the rest of term.
Trials and Tasters
We also run free 45 minute Sing and Sign taster sessions - bring your babies from 0 to 24 months (older toddlers very welcome but please get in touch first), or your bump if you are pregnant, to enjoy the fun and find out more about baby signing the Sing and Sign way. Older / younger siblings are welcome to come along and join in the fun! There is no charge and absolutely no obligation to enrol for the term. The next free tasters will be scheduled in early December. Check back here for details!
Tasters are an optional extra and you can of course book to join weekly classes at any time up until half way through term. At times when there are not many Free Tasters running, we also offer the option of trialing the first class before committing to pay for it and the rest of the term. Alternatively, we offer groups of friends the opportunity for me to hold a Taster in one of their homes or a venue they've arranged, depending on our availability. The minimum group size is 6 participants that are new to Sing and Sign. There is a fee of £6.50 per person for privately held tasters. Any of the Trials or Tasters are relevant for classes in any location.
Upcoming FREE Tasters
- No tasters confirmed at this time but please check back soon for updates.
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Privately Held Children's Parties
We are available for Jessie Cat Parties - whether it's a party for your little one's birthday, a seasonal get together or any other excuse to have some fun! Please contact me for more details.
Venues & Directions
Please click on the Venues tab at the top of this page to see where classes are running. Directions to venues are here.
You can check class availability and prices as well as directions to venues by clicking on your choice of class here.
The Sing and Sign Nursery Affiliation Program
A growing number of local families are learning baby signing through Sing and Sign classes in the Cambridge area and would love to be able to have the continuity of their babies attending a childcare setting that supports baby signing. The Nursery Affiliation Program offers a unique approach to bring baby signing into nurseries in a really natural and manageable way. OFSTED also view baby signing as an excellent communication tool and it has a strong connection with the goals of the EYFS Stage 1.
CAMBRIDGE AREA SING AND SIGN AFFILIATED NURSERIES ARE:
- * Scallywags Day Nursery in Westwick / Girton
- * Joint Colleges Nursery, Cambridge
- * Silks Farm, Huntingdon
Previously affiliated and trained nurseries:
- * The Wendy House Day Nursery and Pre-School, Impington / Shingay
- * Sawston Nursery, Sawston
- * Harvey Road Day Nursery, Cambridge
Sing and Sign Nursery Affiliation includes a wide range of ongoing benefits, offering the best way to introduce signing, inspire staff and give parents confidence in the nursery’s approach. Hundreds of nurseries nationwide have embraced better communication since the Sing and Sign NAP started in 2006. Please get in touch for more information.
Childminder & Nanny Training
By using baby signing both at home and in a childcare setting, babies & toddlers learn words more easily and enjoy increased confidence from being understood - this in turn encourages speech development. Signs help understanding from a very young age and eliminate many of the frustrations of being pre-verbal. The continuity of signing while away from parents can also help a child to feel more settled.
If you are interested in a seminar or workshop for individual or groups of childminders or nannies, please get in touch for further information. These sessions will equip you to start signing actively with the children you care for using the Sing & Sign methodologies and materials, learning and sharing through songs, music and rhymes.
What Do Parents Who Come To Classes Say?
Don't just take my word for it! Here's are some quotes from parents who have enjoyed Sing and Sign with me in Cambridge:
"Charlie signed 'pain' for the first time yesterday and then pointed to his cheeks. We thought he was teething with his molars but now we know for sure. We dosed him up with Calpol and Nurofen overnight and he had the best nights sleep he'd had for days! Another big tick for baby signing!" Adina, Charlie's Mum
"Thanks for a great term! We've learnt a lot and Benjamin even does signs which I've not even shown him so he must be picking some up from you in class! He loves the "faster" sign !! Hehe!"; Eleanor, Benjamin's Mum
Maisie has loved the sing & sign sessions and I have learnt a lot too, keeping up quite a few signs at home; it's starting to pay off now which is just fantastic. Maisie can now tell me when she wants her milk, is hungry, wants a drink, is tired and she makes quite a few animal signs. It's great for me as there is less guess work, but Maisie also seems so pleased with herself that I am understanding her too. Zoe, Maisie's Mum
My Own Baby Signing Experience
It really is a special experience when your own baby starts to sign and you realise that they are mentally ready to communicate with you, just unable to express themselves fully through speech - babies can sign a lot younger than they can articulate a range of words.
I began attending Sing and Sign with my youngest child when he was 6 months old and we really enjoyed the songs, props and flow of the classes. We were amazed when he began to tell us what he wanted - asking for more (be that swinging at the park or food!) and later telling me all the colours of his beloved cars as we were out and about. He was a relatively late talker, but the signs meant we avoided too many communication related frustration tantrums and then when his little brother came along, we all attended classes again! Our second son was a much more active communicator and at 18 months had a “vocabulary” of over 80 signs and was stringing them together into “sentences”. Even aged 3 his nursery worker would tell me how he would sign for extra emphasis (as well as saying what he wanted) just to be sure we all understood!
I began teaching for my predecessor when my youngest was 1 year old and have since taken over the Franchise and, along with an amazing team of teachers, am delighted to be able to keep offering these fun filled music-based signing classes!
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Find Out What Your Baby Is Thinking And Avoid Toddler Tantrums!
Sing and Sign classes are being enjoyed now by many parents, carers and their babies and toddlers in the Cambridge area - classes run as blocks of 10 weeks and many parents chose to bring their babies or toddlers for two or three terms, to build up their signing vocabularies and because the babies get so much out of the classes - including lots of fun!
There is a theme every week (emotions, people, nappies and bathtime...) and signs are learnt through songs and music, using props, instruments and toys that the babies and toddlers love. Class sizes are limited to 12 bookings (twins count as one and pay once) to keep it enjoyable for all and to make sure you get the most out of baby signing.
The Sing and Sign approach makes it really easy for you to sign at home with your baby in between classes, and is incredibly effective in helping communication and speech development.
Classes cost £70 for the 10 week term or £77 for an 11 week term, plus £15 for an annual membership giving access to a range of online resources and games to complement your in-class learning. We cover a different class theme each week. You can re-enrol for subsequent terms and many people do, as the babies' participation and your own learning develop over time. Twins count as a single booking - please check for spaces. There is an additional fee of £25 for the term for siblings over 6 months.
Book early to avoid disappointment! I always keep class sizes manageable, so places will be limited and filled on a first come first served basis. I will however keep a waiting list if classes become full. If you are not ready to enrol your baby, you are welcome to indicate your interest and will have the option of joining the waiting list. You can also see term dates, time/class availability here or via the Book Now link to the right.
More About The Classes I found the Sing and Sign approach the most appropriate for babies, many of the signs are the same as Makaton (often used in Early Years settings) and also uses signs from BSL and ASL – the point being that babies will most easily mimic the signs that are the easiest to form with their tiny hands. We all know that babies love to copy, and the classes provide a fun and sociable way for parents to learn the signs while the babies enjoy the singing.
The classes run as a course, building up the signing vocabulary you are learning week by week so that you learn over 100 signs by the end of the course. There is no pressure though and there is always a chance to catch up if you miss a week.
Through Sing and Sign classes, parents and carers of baby signers gain a very special insight into what their babies are thinking. Baby signing helps to avoid the dreaded tantrums by enabling your baby to tell you what they want. As they become toddlers and start talking, the signs continue to help them to be understood while their speech may not be too clear. Signing is also known to accelerate speech and studies have shown that gestures play a strong part in communication and language development.
I’m really keen to help parents learn to sign with their babies and to have similar experiences to the ones I’ve enjoyed with my boys. We go at a comfortable pace and I provide the individuals in class with as much support as they’d like. Sing and Sign classes are relaxed and you can take whatever time you need to for your baby – whether they need feeding, changing or a nap!
Day Time Stage Location Monday AM Stage 1 Stapleford Pavilion (nr. Great Shelford & Sawston), 69 Gog Magog Way, Stapleford, Cambridge Monday AM Stage 2 Stapleford Pavilion (nr. Great Shelford & Sawston), 69 Gog Magog Way, Stapleford, Cambridge Wednesday AM Stage 1 Baptist Church Centre, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3LP (entrance via Stockwell St.) Wednesday AM Stage 2 Baptist Church Centre, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3LP (entrance via Stockwell St.) Thursday AM Stage 1 Pathfinder Primary School, Northstowe, CB24 3DS Thursday AM Stage 2 Pathfinder Primary School, Northstowe, CB24 3DS Thursday AM Stage 1 Ely - Little Thetford Village Hall, The Witches, Little Thetford, CB6 3HG Thursday AM Stage 2 Ely - Little Thetford Village Hall, The Witches, Little Thetford, CB6 3HG Friday AM Stage 1 Histon & Impington Recreation Ground Centre, New Road, Impington, CB24 9LU Friday AM Stage 2 Histon & Impington Recreation Ground Centre, New Road, Impington, CB24 9LU
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A growing number of local families are learning baby signing through Sing and Sign classes in the Cambridge area and would love to be able to have the continuity of their babies attending a childcare setting that supports baby signing. The Nursery Affiliation Program offers a unique approach to bring baby signing into nurseries in a really natural and manageable way.
OFSTED also view baby signing as an excellent communication tool and it has a strong connection with the goals of the EYFS Stage 1.
CAMBRIDGE AREA SING AND SIGN AFFILIATED NURSERIES:
Previously affiliated nurseries:
- The Wendy House Day Nursery and Pre-School, Impington / Shingay
- Sawston Nursery, Sawston
- Harvey Road Day Nursery, Cambridge
Sing and Sign Nursery Affiliation includes a wide range of ongoing benefits, offering the best way to introduce signing, inspire staff and give parents confidence in your nursery’s approach.
Join over 100 Nurseries nationwide that have embraced better communication since the Sing and Sign NAP started in 2006.
Please get in touch for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07732 380191.